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Jane Eyre Morality and Ethics Timeline

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Jane Eyre Morality and Ethics Timeline
Early Childhood at Gateshead
Experiencing injustice caused her to develop an "eye for an eye" attitude

Jane fights back and talks out of turn

Jane promises to never call Mrs. Reed her aunt out of hate and she does not forgive her for her cruelty in the beginning
Childhood and Adolescence
A new environment helped Jane to learn and gain experience

Her interactions at Lowood helped shape the young woman she became

Punishments from authorities and insight from friendly figures changed Jane's behavior
Becoming a Governess

Happiness and home-like feelings helps new emotions to surface

She starts to like Rochester not for his looks, but for his inner qualities

Jane decides to leave if he marries Ingram (she will not interfere)

She forgives Mrs. Reed (showing her character development)
Display of Jane's Morals
Fleeing after the marriage disaster by a guiding voice

She resists temptation to prevent becoming a mistress

She almost dies to escape from Rochester and immorality

She is willing to give up leisure and her love to stay true to God
With the River Family
Jane believes God lead her to the Rivers

She hides her real identity

Jane treats the Rivers like family even before discovering their relations

She repays their kindness by getting a job

She believes that she should split her 20,000 pounds with her cousins
Familial and True Love
Moor House

What SHE believed was right...
The ethics and Jane's morality in her early childhood
Revenge is justice
Being mistreated is better than living in poor conditions
God and the Bible are important
It is okay to stand up to elders if they disrespect you

Being locked up is a justified punishment
Elders are considered wiser and are to be respected to all extents
Beauty affects one's worth and how they are treated
Social standing determines your worth
The ethics and Jane's morality while she resides in Lowood
Display of Her Morals
The Ethics and Jane's Morality while she is a governess
Ethics and Morality after fleeing Thornfield
The ethics and Jane's morality at the end of the book
The love of humans and friendship is better than living in a high social class

You gain respect and reputation through everyday actions and interactions with others

God is important aspect in life

Punishment is a lesson and not injustice
Girls are expected not to be vain (no curly hair, fancy clothes etc.)
Girls must be obedient and have a strong faith
You should be grateful for what is given to you, even if you are mistreated and not respected

The events in Jane's life, and the people who surround her, shape her morals and define what is believed to be ethically correct. When the ethics of society contradict Jane's morals, conflict can arise.
Beauty and wealth should not define whether one is loved or not

Love does not justify breaking rules

You should take only what you earned

Treat other how you want to be treated (Adele)
Don't take advantage of other people's kindness

Give if you are able to; Be generous

You should marry for love, not duty
Jane Eyre:
Morals and Ethics
Mrs. Reed
Middle Aged
Aunt, Caregiver
Helen Burns
Edward Rochester
Late 30s
Close friend to Jane
Thornfield, Ferndean
Lowood School
St. John
Moor House
Few years older than Jane
Maria Temple
Middle Aged
Superintendent/ Fellow Teacher
By: Avril Emond, Catherine Jaison, Julia Braganza, Kristina Garth
What you believe is right and wrong
A personal set of values

Values we gain/learn from our experiences
Our morals can be influenced by society's ethics
What are Ethics?
Principals that influence behavior
What are Morals?
Living as equals with Rochester

Loving Rochester the same with and without his disabilities

Love has no age limit
A system of morals
"Normal" couples have a few years age difference at most
Average age for marriage for women is 26, men 27 (History Of Europe, Britannica )
People with disabilities are viewed with less value
Often shared by groups or cultures whereas morals are more personal
About the values that society believes in
After her guilty name was cleared, Jane was determined to excel in her studies

She befriends Helen so she can experience love from somebody else

She continued to be a teacher there after she was done studying for Lowood (her nature is to give back)
Taught the power of forgiveness, respect and to endure sufferings
Taught Jane to act with our thought and know the consequences before we do something
She found lessons to be learned from her struggles
Changed Jane's spiritual life
She taught how to be generous at tough times
She pushed Jane to see there are opportunities waiting for her
Showed Jane not to judge before knowing the situation/person
Cruel treatment towards Jane made her believe very strongly in justice
Jane became sensitive to bias based on social standing
Lack of parental love; Mrs. Reed favoured her own children over Jane and always neglected and punished her
Showed Jane that true love isn't about beauty, age or wealth
Taught Jane to value morals over society's ethics
He taught Jane to see God in everything she does.
Reinforced Jane's beliefs that marriage is about love, not duty
Effected Jane's views on being kind to strangers
Servant and was to be treated as servants and (she was not expected to show such love and affection for her pupil)
Masters and subordinates do not have personal relationships
"Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife"
20 year age gap between a couple is not to be ignored
What are morals?
What are ethics?

Decision to marry Rochester
Religious/ Romantic (self-self)
Jane loved Rochester and desired to marry him, but it would not be ethically correct since he is already married. She did not want to become his mistress
After Jane found out Rochester was married
Jane, Rochester, Bertha
St.John demanding Jane to marry him
Mrs. Reed and Jane
At Gateshead
True love vs religious duty to God
Respect vs Justice
At the Moor house after Jane worked at the Morton school
Disputes with Mrs. Reed
Jane is supposed to respect Mrs. Reed as her guardian and caretaker
Since Mrs. Reed does not like Jane, she mistreats her, making it hard for Jane to truly love and respect her.
Jane does not hesitate to share her inheritance

She is very persistent about rejecting St. John's proposal because she does not truly love him

She decided to find Rochester and be with him
Where do Jane's morals and society's ethics conflict?
St. John, Jane
St. John believed that Jane had to marry him to help carry out his vocation
Jane felt she had a religious obligation but also wanted to marry for love
Significant People in Jane's Life
Restatement of Thesis
The events in Jane's life, and the people who surround her, shape her morals and define what is believed to be ethically correct. When the ethics of society contradict Jane's morals, conflict can arise.
Display of Her Morals
Jane still returned to Rochester when everyone else left him.

She traveled great distances to find Rochester and to make sure he is safe and protected showing her love has not changed

She is still willing to be with Mr.Rochester even though he can not see and lost his arm.

"I asked, "What am I to do? But the answer my mind gave—'Leave Thornfield at once'—was so prompt, so dread, that I stopped my ears...I cannot do it... I said I could not bear such words now. But, then, a voice within me averred that I could do it and foretold that I should do it.”
(Brontë, Chapter 27)
“This was wealth indeed!—wealth to the heart!—a mine of pure, genial affections.”
(Brontë, Chapter 33)

Who are some people that influenced Jane?

"I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to visit you when I am grown up; and if any one asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty."
(Brontë, Chapter 4)

How can we relate Jane's morals and ethics to our lives?
"I have now been married ten years. I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth."
(Brontë, Chapter 38)

The characters surrounding Jane believed...
Some of the strict rules at Lowood...
Jane's experiences at Lowood taught her...
Time at Thornfield brought out more of her morals...
Time with the Rivers' reminded Jane...
Society in Jane's time believed...
After returning to Rochester, Jane believes in...
“Write to Diana and Mary to-morrow,” I said, “and tell them to come home directly.  Diana said they would both consider themselves rich with a thousand pounds, so with five thousand they will do very well.”
(Brontë, Chapter 33)

The Rivers' Family...

"Thus relieved of a grievous load, I from that hour set to work afresh, resolved to pioneer my way through every difficulty. I toiled hard, and my success was proportionate to my efforts"
Brontë, Chapter 8)
Be grateful for the kindness of strangers

Treat others the way God would want you to treat them (St. John)

Do not overstay your welcome
What was expected of Jane at Thornfeild...
Jane found her ultimate happiness when she considered the ethics of society, but made her decisions solely with her own morals.

Just like Jane, we need to develop our morals by considering the ethics of society, but our decisions should be based on what we personally believe.

"Well has Solomon said:—"Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith." I would not now have exchanged Lowood with all its privations, for Gateshead and its daily luxuries."
(Bronte, Chapter 8 )
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